Nyasa Big Bullets and Moyale Barracks clash for the second time in two weeks as the battle in Airtel Top 8 quarter-finals first legs enter day two.
The two sides met in a league fixture a fortnight ago and Bullets triumphed 2-0 through red-hot striker Bright Munthali and midfielder Henry Kabichi.
They say lightning does not strike the same place twice, but this is yet to be proved this afternoon, when the two sides clash at Kalulu Stadium in Chikwawa.
Of course, it does not sit well with Moyale who enter the pitch as underdogs.
They are yet to show their potency in the 2018 season. The best they have achieved is a one-all draw against Nchalo United and a victory over Blue Eagles.
But Bullets assistant coach Elia Kananji was cautious, saying cup games are unpredictable.
“You cannot just rule them out just like that. Cup games are tricky. Just because a team is not doing well in the league doesn’t mean they will be an easy ride in the cup game,” he said.
Moyale coach Charles Kamanga is also aware that all eyes are on him following the team’s poor start.
He needs to motivate his players to avoid a repeat of the team’s poor results.
With Khuda Muyawa out of the picture, Moyale are banking their hopes on returnee Gastin Simkonda, who already has two goals to his credit.
Bullets have plenty of arsenal, but one name that is dominating the scoresheet is that of striker Munthali.
The forward has lived up to his promise to continue his pre-season impressive performance.
Chiukepo Msowoya has also proved he still has several years before he can hang up his boots.
Both players were denied goals in Bullets’ goalless draw against rivals Be Forward Wanderers, decisions which did not go down well with the People’s Team supporters.
Meanwhile, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has pleaded with supporters to observe discipline during the match.
Meanwhile, Newman Mwamsamale gave Silver Strikers an upper hand after his 39th minute strike gave the Bankers a 1-0 lead in the first leg against Civil Sporting Club in the inaugural match at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.